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Portrait of Colonel Lewis, also known as Qua-Ta-Wa-Pea, a Shawnee chief, from "The Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs," by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall, 1855. Qua-Ta-Wa-Pea, whose name means "The man on the water who sinks and rises again," was born at Pickaway Plains, Ohio. He lived for many years near Wapakoneta, Ohio. McKenney and Hall say in their book that Colonel Lewis' rise to chief was entirely accidental. An American government official mistook Qua-Ta-Wa-Pea for the chief and his tribe followed suit, believing that was the wish of the government. Eventually, Colonel Lewis moved to land west of the Mississippi that was given to the Shawnee by the American government, and there he died in 1826. Thomas Loraine McKenney (1785-1859) served as the U.S. Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816-1822 and superintendent of Indian affairs from 1824-1830. James Hall (1793-1868) was a lawyer, writer, and editor who lived in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1833 until his death in 1868. Their book was illustrated with portraits from the Indian gallery in the Department of War in Washington, D. C.


Ohio Historical Society Library, V 970.97 M199h 1855 v., AL02909 from the Printed Material Collection.


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